Saturday, June 12, 2010


9 years ago today a miracle occurred. Margaret Kennedy Braner was born in Durango, CO. We did not know it at the time, but this baby girl would become a wonderful addition to her little family. Every baby is precious and adored, but not every baby has the personality of Maggie! She is the sweetest, most patient, most creative, most thoughtful young girl.

Her parents were beginning another season of Kanakuk Colorado, a beautiful sports camp nestled in a valley outside Bayfield. There was much to do and many details to perform before the campers arrived. BUT, the most important task her Mommy could perform was to bring Maggie into the world.

At the moment of her arrival we were in central Illinois with other family members sitting near the hospital bed of Maggie's great grandmother who at that time was critically ill. Jamie sent pictures via e-mail and every distant relative received a copy and rejoiced at her birth. She was very welcome news amidst the sadness that permeated that hospital room. I made plane reservations to fly out to greet her time and time again only to have to cancel them because of Grandma's deteriorating condition. She was 6 weeks old before I held her in my arms for the first time.
She screamed LIFE after the sadness of death.

She is still bringing new life to all of us, every time we are near. She is filled with grace and charm, a quick smile and an uncanny sense of what to do when one of her siblings need some comforting or are about to get into trouble.

We simply cannot wait to see what Maggie is going to do with her life, where she will go, and what people she will impact.


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